Charlotte Talks: Generational Shift Coming To City Council

Nov 29, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

A majority of the City Council being sworn in next week will be under the age of 40.
Credit Diedra Laird / The Charlotte Observer

What will the younger faces elected to Charlotte City Council bring to the table? Three of the soon-to-be-sworn-in Council members join Mike Collins.

This month's election in Charlotte was a vote for change, and not just in the mayor's office. When the new City Council is sworn in next week, it will have a much younger look.

Five newcomers - all under the age of 40 - were elected to Council seats, joining the first millennial Council member to form a majority.

But this younger group will wrestle with old challenges for the city, from economic mobility and affordable housing, to infrastructure and transportation.

What perspectives can this new generation bring to city government? What do their elections say about millennials and Gen-Xers getting involved in local politics?


Dimple Ajmera, City Council District 5 representative; elected in November to at-large Council seat (@DimpleAjmera)

Tariq Scott Bokhari, elected to City Council District 6 (@FinTechInnov8r)

Braxton Winston, elected to at-large Council seat (@BraxtonWinston)